Homemade carrot cake is always a treat. In this recipe, a topping made of whipped mascarpone cream flavored with orange, saffron and white chocolate elevates the super-moist carrot cake. To make the cake healthier, we've used half whole-wheat flour instead of all white flour--you won't notice the difference in this delicious cake.

Melania Castegnaro
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019
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Ingredients

Cake
Orange-Saffron Cream

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until starting to lighten in color, about 2 minutes. Slowly add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined before adding the next. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Add carrots and mix until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare orange-saffron cream: Heat 3/4 cup cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until just steaming. Place zest and saffron in a small bowl. Pour the hot cream over them and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain (discard zest and saffron). Refrigerate the saffron cream until cold, about 30 minutes.

  • Combine chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High, stirring halfway through, until just melted, about 30 seconds. Cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer the saffron cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add mascarpone and beat just until medium peaks form. Fold 1/4 cup of the mixture into the chocolate mixture until combined, then scrape the chocolate mixture back into the remaining saffron cream. Beat just until lightly whipped, 5 to 10 seconds; do not overmix.

  • Serve the cake topped with the saffron-orange cream and more orange zest, if desired.

Tips

To make ahead: Store cake (Steps 1-3) airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

340.9 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 34.7g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 22.7g; fat 21.2g 33% DV; saturated fat 7.4g 37% DV; cholesterol 68.1mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 4587.3IU 92% DV; vitamin c 1.8mg 3% DV; folate 31.3mcg 8% DV; calcium 89.7mg 9% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 8.8mg 3% DV; potassium 157.6mg 4% DV; sodium 238.4mg 10% DV; added sugar 17.4g.